The 2016 report brought out by Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis regarding the marijuana grow-ops being a likely threat to neighborhood was proved true on Monday morning. A fire broke out at a residence on 163rd street in the same area in the morning hours of Monday. The cause of the fire that resulted in two deaths was apparently believed to be the heating equipment required to dry the home grown marijuana plants. There were two survivors of the accident.
As per the investigation, the number of cannabis plants harvested in the residence totaled a huge 188. No permits were obtained for provision of electricity to the heating equipment and the electrical connection was the work of non-professionals residing in the house. The example of this house showed the dastardly outcome that could result if nothing was done in the right manner.
While undertaking the study Len Garris had included 314 residences that had obtained license to grow marijuana in-house and of them experts were able to inspect 294 residences. And every residence had some issue or the other. Presence of mold, unsafe wiring and fire break walls hollows were some of the problems visible in the houses. Garis further reported that some of the home-owners were drawing electricity illegally by detouring power while others were running a jumper wire through the electrical panel.
The Fire Chiefs’ Association of B.C. was concerned about the federal legislation that permitted in-house growth of four marijuana plants each residence and was also worried about home grow-ops. This concern was conveyed to Mike Farnworth, the Public Safety Minister. The Chiefs were apprehensive on the enforcement of the rules and disclosed the fact of grow-ops being disallowed in Quebec and Manitoba.
The B.C. Real Estate Association demanded a tightening of provincial government rules so that protection would be offered to homebuyers from likely harm arising due to production of the drug.
The Surrey incident just shows that safety codes cannot be violated by grow-ops even if they have the legal sanction.